Straight Talk: Spider Bites

Straight Talk features your common questions about health and wellness answered by the experts at St. Vincent's.

Q: How should I treat a bug bite if I’m pretty sure it was from a spider?

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Surprising Causes of Food Poisoning

According to the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, one out of every six of us will get some sort of food poisoning this year – and summer is peak season. We can’t necessarily blame our last meal, because it can take anywhere from hours to days for symptoms to erupt. What Did I Eat that Made Me Sick? The menu is a long one. Likely culprits are basically all meat and fish, deli products, produce, eggs, multi-ingredient foods, baked goods and beverages. But the 10 riskiest of that bunch are as follows, in order:

Leafy greens

• Eggs



• Potatoes

• Cheese

• Ice cream

• Tomatoes

• Sprouts

• Berries

How do you prevent food poisoning?

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Lawn Mower Safety: Tips and statistics you need to know

Mowing the lawn is serious business!

Survival Tools:

  • Heavy shoes
  • Glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Babysitter 
Statistics from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission: Each year 800 children are run over by riding mowers or small tractors; 75 people are killed, and 20,000 injured; one in five deaths involves a child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be at least:

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Heatstroke and Dehydration: Prevention, symptoms and treatment


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Could you be at risk of suffering from heatstroke?

Survival Tools: 

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sheet
  • Fan 
Heatstroke is the most severe form of dehydration, and occurs when your internal temperature rises to dangerously high levels. Your skin gets hot, but you stop sweating. Someone with heatstroke may pass out, have hallucinations, or suffer seizures. Symptoms of heatstroke can include:

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Celebrating Safety: How to handle fireworks

Don't let your summer celebration go horribly wrong. Learn the dos and don'ts of Fireworks.

Survival Tools:

  • Hose
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bucket of water
  • Common sense

It’s best to leave the fireworks displays to the pros. Sadly, the number of fireworks-related deaths and injuries each year is on the rise, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Rabies: Risk and treatment protocol

There could be danger lurking in your own back yard - in the form of rabies.

Survival Tools:

  • Local animal control information
  • Awareness of wildlife on your property
  • Prompt action

What is rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease most often transmitted through the saliva of infected mammals. People usually become infected after a bite, however, any contact with the saliva of an infected animal (alive or dead) can potentially lead to infection.The rabies virus attacks the nervous system (brain and spinal cord). 

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Summer Stings: Tips for bee stings and allergies

The Buzz on Bee Stings

Survival Tools:

  • Ice
  • Antihistamine
  • Pain reliever
  • Credit card 

For most people, a sting from a bee, wasp or hornet is just painful, but for some, it can be life-threatening. According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, three in 100 adults in the United States have life-threatening allergies to insect stings.

How do I know if I’m allergic or at risk?

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